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9-20 Recruitment appoints business development head

The company hope the appointment will take the fast-growing company into the next phase of its rapid expansion plans.

It has secured the services of Matthew Johe, 27, to manage the business development team.

The team will increase to five people by next summer as the company expands from its base in Glasgow to a UK-wide, four-office network.

Johe, from Clydebank, will immediately become part of the fast-track directorship plan implemented by 9-20 Recruitment chief executive and IT recruitment expert Gordon Brown, meaning that he is on target to become an associate director next year and a full director the year after.

Brown, who has just completed a major company restructuring following a management buyout, said, "In a firm which is growing as rapidly as 9-20 Recruitment, we need executives who can keep up with the pace.

"Matthew has a wealth of experience despite his relative youth and he has a strong vision and ambition which is a perfect fit with 9-20 Recruitment as we take this company's endeavours to a whole new level."

Johe, who began his professional career with the Clydesdale Bank before moving into recruitment, has held senior positions in a number of highly regarded firms as well as embarking on extensive international travelling.

He spent more than five years as a specialist recruiter for the major technology companies who provide IT systems and processes to the national and international healthcare sector, including the NHS.

He will assume immediate responsibility for gearing up the generation of new business as well as account management and recruiting staff to underpin growth, both internally and externally.

Johe commented, "I have a wide range of experience of recruitment companies and I can recognise an enterprise which is on a positive upward trajectory such as 9-20 Recruitment. I also share Gordon Brown's commitment to strong and sustainable growth.

"Our mission now will be to build a team which can not only deliver that growth but maintain 9-20 Recruitment's unshakeable commitment to quality, delivery and the highest possible level of service for clients and candidates alike."

Matthew Johe, head of business development

9-20 Recruitment is being restructured into four key areas - technology, digital marketing, sales and business development and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), which is where Brown foresees major growth prospects.

The first expansion target for 9-20 Recruitment is Aberdeen, with its wealth of engineering technology expertise, followed by Newcastle, recipient of substantial government funding aimed at building a new technological base, and, by 2015, London.


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